PAL JOEY: Author John O’Hara’s playboy Joey Evans was a gilt-edged heel as a fiction character eighteen years ago and later as played by Gene Kelly in the Broadway show. Now, on the screen at last, the edge of gilt turns out to be a heart of purest gold, with a resultant loss in zip and plausibility, but Frank Sinatra’s confident and amusing performance as singer and actor makes the picture worth seeing. The music, by Rodgers & Hart, is also beguiling. Alt the girls go for Joey, but Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth in particular are the good and evil angels in his love life. Miss Hayworth is routinely competent; Miss Novak, the teen-club idol, is shapelier than ever but her “acting” would hardly do credit to the average highschool operetta.
CAMPBELL’S KINGDOM: There are several big holes in the story but a steadily mounting tension and a spectacular action climax offer considerable compensation. The locale is the Canadian Rockies (filmed in Europe), and Dirk Bogarde is a sick young Briton determined to prove that his grandfather’s dream of oil was founded on reality. Stanley Baker is the ruthless contractor who opposes him.
A HILL IN KOREA: With a gratifying minimum of both ultra-heroics and matey service humor, this British war drama absorbingly recreates the minuteby-minute ordeal of a small patrol trapped by the enemy in Korea. The non-celebrity cast does its work with unassuming skill.
THREE FACES OF EVE: Joanne Woodward’s acting is by far the best ingredient in this rather complicated story about a woman with three conflicting personalities. She is variously a drab housewife, a sexy wanton, and a smilingly mature adult. The story wavers uneasily between farce and tragedy. Lee J. Cobb is the psychiatrist who solves the mystery.
UNTIL THEY SAIL: Better than most of the soap operas it resembles, this tells of the wartime romances and heartaches of four New Zealand sisters and says one or two uncommonly blunt things about the way some of Uncle Sam’s GIs used to irritate the civilians of friendly foreign countries. With Jean Simmons, Paul Newman.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
Across the Bridge: Drama. Good.
Action of the Tiger: Drama. Poor.
Brothers in Law: Comedy. Good.
The Careless Years: Drama. Fair.
Chicago Confidential: Crime. Fair.
Decision Against Time: Drama. Good. Doctor at Large: Comedy. Good.
Forty Guns: Western. Poor.
Funny Face: Musical. Excellent.
A Hatful of Rain: Drama. Good.
The Helen Morgan Story: Show-biz
biographical drama. Fair.
Hell Drivers: Action drama. Fair.
High Tide at Noon: Drama. Fair.
How to Murder a Rich Uncle: British comedy. Fair.
Interlude: Romantic drama. Fair.
Jeanne Fageis: Biog drama. Fair.
The Joker Is Mild: Show-biz
Les Girls: Musical. Excellent.
Love in the Afternoon: Comedy. Good. Man of a Thousand Faces: Lon Chaney biographical drama. Good.
Miracle in Soho: Comedy. Fair.
The Monte Carlo Story: Romantic
My Man Godfrey: Comedy. Fair.
My Gun Is Quick: Crime. Poor. Operation Mad Ball: Comedy. Good.
Pacific Destiny: Comedy-drama. Fair.
Ihe Pajama Game: Musical. Excellent.
The Passionate Stranger: British comedy-
Perri: Disney squirrel taie. Good.
The Prince and the Showgirl: British
romantic comedy. Good.
The Rising of the Moon: Group of three Irish stories. Fair.
The Shiralee: Adventure and drama in Australia. Excellent.
Silk Stockings: Musical. Good.
Slim Carter: Comedy. Fair.
The Smallest Show on Farth: Britisli comedy. Good.
Story of Esther Costello (formerly The Golden Virgin): Drama. Fair.
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